My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:20-21
A strand of three cords is not easily broken.
Have you heard this phrase before? It’s interesting that this verse is taken from a passage in the Bible (Ecclesiastes 4:12), that talks about the strength and benefit of pairs.
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor,” the passage teaches. When “…two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone,” it asks? The lesson includes insight into the protection pairs provide when an attacker unexpectedly appears. We’d all like to enjoy that kind of protection when forced to jog alone in the park, or walk across campus after class in winter darkness. The wisdom that is revealed in such snippets of Scripture is this: A couple, when united, provide all kinds of benefits to each other, no matter the nature of their relationship.
Where, then, does this strand of three cords concept come into play? How does a conversation about pairs, turn into an admonition to pursue a third partner?
I think the conversation that Jesus has with God, as recorded in John’s gospel, reveals for us the importance of that third party connection. Knowing God exists is good, but even the demons believe this and shudder.
Knowing Jesus as God’s Son and inviting him into our lives is better–a relationship demons don’t have, want, or understand.
The real power, the best power, the strongest power in all creation though, is the power of three that is created when through the salvation process we cloth ourselves with the Holy Spirit of Christ.
God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost working in unison is the trifecta of conversion, and an unbeatable power that is unleashed in this world through YOU every time you surrender to Christ and freely decide to be obedient to His will for your life.
In John’s gospel, we have a record of perhaps the most important prayer Jesus ever prayed. More important that the protection he asked for as he began to push religious and political buttons. More important that the power he claimed in order to raise a man from the dead. More important still than the strength he cried out for on his way to certain death and glory after. In John’s narrative, we see Jesus asking Papa God to bless us.
Today’s assignment: Be-Like-Jesus.